Linked by David Adams on Tue 29th Jun 2010 17:39 UTC, submitted by waid0004
Windows An Italian Windows site called "Windowsette" has published some purported secret Microsoft documents outlining some design and strategy plans for Windows 8. The Microsoft Kitchen blog has provided some analysis of the documents. The documents appear genuine, and there's lots of interesting information there.
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RE: Comment by kaiwai
by darknexus on Wed 30th Jun 2010 09:00 UTC in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
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From what I see it appears that the appstore will be run by the OEM rather than Microsoft; a central repository isn't needed but rather infrastructure in the OS itself which allows one to add repositories so that multiple ones can exist - when you install Flash that you not only get it installed but the Adobe repository is added to the Windows update control panel.


Noooooo! Please! OEMs already fcuk up our systems enough in Windows land, now companies like Adobe are going to be allowed to do it too? OEM repositories? Adobe/insert-company-x-here repositories, shoving unwanted software in my face every time I just want to update? Really, hasn't Microsoft learned their lesson with regards to OEMs? They can't be trusted to make a good experience! They fill their machines to the brim with crapware, the customer gets ticked, and Windows (not the OEM) gets blamed. If anything, control of such things should *never* be put into the hands of OEMs. The no crapware policy is definitely one thing Apple does right.

As for Windows 8 it appears that Microsoft is trying to walk a very fine line between a consistent experience and giving the tools for OEM to customise and provide a unique experience for customers. On one hand you want to ensure that you don't have this massive difference in quality of computers loaded with Windows but at the same time you don't want there to be no difference that differentiation is down to price which squeezes profits for Microsoft and OEM's.


Let's hope they don't end up giving too much control to the OEMs then, because if they do we're looking at massive UI incompatibilities and fragmented experience the likes of which are the stuff of nightmares.

I think the interesting slides are those regarding power management because right now Windows as so far as battery life is far behind Mac OS X.


That's very hardware dependent, as is the claim that OS X gets better battery life than Windows. On one hand I have a netbook, running Windows 7, that easily gets over 12 hours of battery life. I also have an older Macbook that gets maybe 5 hours on a good day running Snow Leopard. Now, this overlooks the hardware and battery capacity differences, but by this pure generalization I could make the opposite claim as you do. Such things can only be compared on an exactly equal playing field (equal hardware, equal performance and battery tests). Even under these equal conditions, driver differences can come into play and skew the results one way or another, so these types of things are often hard to measure accurately. Personally, I've always found Linux to get the absolute best battery life of the three major oses, but as with anything Linux, that assumes you or the OEM have configured the powersave options properly (not the easiest thing to do depending on the drivers your Linux install uses). In any case, battery life is too fiddly to make any pronouncement that one os does better than another.

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